Re: Actual Blown Headgasket
quite possible that the engine was running on the lean side to put so much heat into the gasket.
I've done 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) and i've reused the same head gasket 5 times, with no heat related problems.
I'm surprised at how well those aluminium gaskets seal, even when they are reused multiple times.
Having said that, the gasket does ooze filthy black goo, but no more than the base gasket or the case gasket.